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Remembering 21: A Writer's View

Jason La Canfora moved to the Redskins beat just in time to cover the 2004 draft in which the team took safety Sean Taylor with the fifth overall pick.

By Cindy Boren  |  November 25, 2008; 11:58 AM ET
 
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Posted by: brownwood26 | November 25, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

Or more appropriately, TwentyFIRST...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 25, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

I really would like to say thanks for the coverage that JLC and the Post did last year during the week of his death. For those of us who live outside the DC area, it really was timely and thoughtful news that keep us up to date!

Posted by: Lacantwrite | November 25, 2008 12:19 PM | Report abuse

For all the crap we give the beat writer lets give him a pass today, because he did an excellent job last year covering Sean Taylor's passing.

No beat writer bashing today

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, I remember that all the time....

Posted by: chrislarry | November 25, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

I have my issues with JLC. However, he like the Dan totally step up during the death of the Reaper.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 25, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Cyn are we going to hear a view point from you today?

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 25, 2008 12:30 PM | Report abuse

My 7 year old daughter will be wearing her #21 to school tomorrow.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 25, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor without a doubt would have been in the pro football HOF.

Posted by: jrb947 | November 25, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

La Canfora in the suit. I don't buy it.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Cant get the video at work so im may be off on this but i remember that draft. Kellen Winslow was the next coming of God at TE and obvioulsy Gibbs being as big a fan of the TE spot as any coach in the history of the league was looking very seriouly at him.
Instead they went with Sean and what a great choice it was his talents could not be hidden he had an increadible college carrear, I maintain if he dosent injure his knee in the Championship game against OSU having to miss some key plays late in the game they win it, even though they won it anyways with thtat BS interfreance call, anyhows.
I was so please that we made that decision a decision I still feel was the right one. Kellen Winslow is and overpaid crybaby who never laid anything on the line the way Sean did.
Have to give our Fo props for that move it would have made so much sense for them to go a diffrent direction.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Great story. "FCAJLC"

Posted by: skinsfanforracialfairness | November 25, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I've gotta agree with the others -- as a Skins fan in exile, Jasno's up-to-the-minute reporting and blogging was invaluable last year, and helped me feel connected still.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 12:41 PM | Report abuse

If there was one thing Gibbs did for us it was he drafted and recruited quality guys and coached them up to the max of their potential. I think we got Cooley in that same draft didn't we?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

If there was one thing Gibbs did for us it was he drafted and recruited quality guys and coached them up to the max of their potential. I think we got Cooley in that same draft didn't we?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yup. Taylor in the 1st round, Cooley in the 3rd.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Who are these "FCAJLC" chooches? Did I miss something?

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Am I the only one (apparently) who got a little bothered last year when the Skins beat the Cowpokes by 21, and everyone invoked ST's number on that? It just seemed disrespectful to me. The Posties did a great job on the whole ST situation, and it looks like they're getting it done again. Kudos.

Posted by: mdean3 | November 25, 2008 12:52 PM | Report abuse

The Greatest Hit came in 2005:

Miracle @ Midnight on Monday Night:

Santana Just burnt the original Roy Williams for 2 TDs. Dallas was trying to come back.

Bledsoe saw Patrick Clayton OPEN for a 1st down. He threw it to him and as soon as he caught it....

BOOM! His WHOLE body collappsed as the Reaper swooped in.

The hit was so devastating, the refs didn't realize he had position originally and called it incomplete when it was actually a fumble. Go check the replay or post the youtube video.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Amen. That was my favorite as well.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 25, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

ST more or less won games single handedly for us several times

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

No video point of view from me. I'm just busy posting these things, editing our package for tomorrow, looking ahead to the game Sunday and like such as maps.
A year later, this is still just heart-breaking, one of the saddest stories I have ever had to cover.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 25, 2008 12:59 PM | Report abuse

And, yes, Alex; Cooley was a third-round pick that year, No. 81 overall.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 25, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

Love ST but some of his antics, whether called legit or due to reputation, hurt the team in some games. Lets not cannonize him just because he was a devistating force forthe Skins.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for your thoughts on this Cyn.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 25, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes I forget just how amazing he was to watch on the football field. Those You Tube posts made me remember quickly... HOF for sure... As he was finally becoming more disciplined and technically soudn within our Defense.

It's painful to bring all the memories of this time last year back to life. I forget how much of an impact his murder had on me... It has been very touching watching his highlight videos and reading these posts.

May he be at peace for eternity with the Almighty Father... You will always be remembered by your fans...

God Bless you Sean! RIP!

Posted by: EinVB | November 25, 2008 1:04 PM | Report abuse

Sean Taylor also caught the interception on which Brett Favre broke George Blanda's career record.

Guy was the complete package -- wasn't just another hard-hitting Roy Williams.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:05 PM | Report abuse

***Fantasy Post***

In the League of Annonymous Gentleman, there are some extraorinary Races going on.

Nate, Zeke, and Omaha Steers are in a 3 way tie for the division.

I have ridin a classic Goe Gibbs 5 game win streak to the pinnicale and tied John from Huston for the lead in our division.

And dealer lost a critical game to lose the divisional lead in his division to team forrest.

Will be an interesting weekend comnig up....

*****End Fantasy Post*******

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Roy Williams couldn't carry ST's jock.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

A year later, this is still just heart-breaking, one of the saddest stories I have ever had to cover.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 25, 2008 12:59 PM

Potential on the cusp of being unleashed... as a man, a father, and a football player. Indeed, still so sad.

Posted by: 4-12 | November 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Eternal Redskin.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Or more appropriately, TwentyFIRST...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 25, 2008 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Right on target, brownwood26!

Posted by: frediefritz | November 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Nothing Sean Taylor did hurt this team, thats absurd.
People gave him the destinction of being a dirty player and the media floowed suit to the point where ST had to cut himself of from the media.
It's easy for his play to be mistaken as dirty but the fact is when your are 6'3 230+ and possibly the fastest guy on the field and play with his intensity your gonna be precieved negatively.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Roy Williams couldn't carry ST's jock.

But he could horse-collar it.

Posted by: daggar | November 25, 2008 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Tyler2Durden, why post anything negative about Sean Taylor at all?

Why put a negative spin on things? Yeah, some of those penalties may have hurt the 'skins earlier in his career, but as time went on who's to say the intmidation he drew from opponents from those penalties didn't help the 'skins in future games, or perhaps win some.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Roy Williams couldn't carry ST's jock.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

No kidding. But, laughably that's who people compared him to when he came into the league, because he was known for his hitting prowess. He was MUCH better by his 2nd season. (Plus, he could actually cover somebody)

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:12 PM | Report abuse

We've got a little ways to go, but I really believe that we are ushering in a new era of Redskins football. Jim Zorn just seems to "fit", unlike past attempts with Spurrier and Schottenheimer at the helm, and I'm hopeful that his tenure at head coach will be a successful one.

Which makes me miss Sean Taylor even more. They're on two different sides of the ball, but I think S. Taylor would've become even more of a force under Zorn. We've got a great secondary, and I think Sean would've further emerged as a true leader back there. RIP 21.

Posted by: wp11239 | November 25, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

I really hope they tribute Sean in a 1st Class way on Sunday. He deserves to be inducted into the Ring and it will be very special for the teammates, coaches and fans... I hope Comcast or Fox can cover this somehow. I would love to see this..

Posted by: EinVB | November 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Look, this is a forum to express opinions. My opinion is that he was a great player but I was responding to the post that stated that ST "single handedly won games". Maybe, but he did have dumb penalties LEGITIMATE OR NOT that either could have or did cost us W's. He was a force to be reckoned with and gone from us too soon, however I stick to my opinion. As Coach John Thompson would say, " I may not agree with what a man says but I will fight to the death for his right to say it".

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

***FFL POST REPLY***
I like my chances against 7-5 Team Forest this final week of the season. After all I beat the now 10-2 Zornskins, 126-94.
***End***

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Tyler2Durden, why post anything negative about Sean Taylor at all?
Why put a negative spin on things? Yeah, some of those penalties may have hurt the 'skins earlier in his career, but as time went on who's to say the intmidation he drew from opponents from those penalties didn't help the 'skins in future games, or perhaps win some.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 25, 2008 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. Taylor developed a reputation for being a punk, and it helped the D because people became scared to death of him -- a safety with the size and tenacity of a linebacker, the speed of a cornerback, and the hands of a wide receiver. Taylor was a freak.

::Sigh:: Landry and Taylor. What might have been....

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

The idea that Roy Williams was in the same stratosphere as Sean Taylor is ridiculous. Roy Williams was a big hitter who was so one dimensional that coaches had to figure out ways to use him that covered up his flaws. Sean Taylor was so multidimensional that coaches struggled on how to use him most effectively to utilize his many talents.

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

ST played wrecklessly at times and his selfish play cost the team at times.

That's just the truth no reason to jump down his back for telling the truth.

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Area 51 would was a place not to be messed with!

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you on that last part, wp11239, and I think that's because we watched Sean grow up right in front of our very eyes... and suddenly we realized that he was the linchpin of our defense, he had become more judicious -- more in control of that lust for mayhem -- and of course that made the ten guys in front of him so much better, because they knew the Reaper had their backs.

It's easy to think about Sean just in terms of his tremendous physical gifts, but what was impressive to me was watching him learn and grow and evolve into such an incredibly effective player.

Damn, I miss him.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Go find me one single redskins that says in the long run Sean Taylor hurt this team. Wow just wow.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 1:21 PM | Report abuse

Good call Gweez. We sure could use ST in the big game this weekend. There is no greater tragedy than a young, promising life cut short.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Tyler2Durden


Name one game where his penalties cost us or could have cost us the game.

To my knowledge the worst was the spitting in the face of Micheal pittman and that was like the 3rd quarter of a game. what other antics do you speak of?

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The best part of the Taylor story was his new life. I'm grateful to have watched him play football, but more than that I feel gladness in my heart that he had a chance to start a new chapter in his life and start a family.

He will certainly be a welcome addition to the Ring of Honor.

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | November 25, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Losing Sean Taylor was the darkest day in all my days as a Redskins fan. It seemed unreal at the time. And it still does. So young, so talented and gone. Still boggles my mind.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 25, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Stu27,

I doubt you'd find one that said "in the long run" Sean Taylor hurt this team. Come to think of it, find me a poster who would say that cause I haven't seen anyone say that on here today.

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Go find me one single redskins that says in the long run Sean Taylor hurt this team. Wow just wow.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 1:21 PM
___________________________________________
Not hurt his team in the long run. Are you being intentionally dense? Some bad decisions were made it is fact, get over it.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm with you on that last part, wp11239, and I think that's because we watched Sean grow up right in front of our very eyes... and suddenly we realized that he was the linchpin of our defense, he had become more judicious -- more in control of that lust for mayhem -- and of course that made the ten guys in front of him so much better, because they knew the Reaper had their backs.

It's easy to think about Sean just in terms of his tremendous physical gifts, but what was impressive to me was watching him learn and grow and evolve into such an incredibly effective player.

Damn, I miss him.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2008 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Couldn't have said it better myself. Between his growth on the field and off the field, watching Sean's career blossom was like watching a teenager grow up. I think that's partially why so many of us grew to love Sean.

I know I did. I literally cried, here, 2000 miles away, when I got the txt msg that Sean had died.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, thanks to you and the WashPo team for putting these memorial threads together. You're providing a necessary service to us.

And as others have noticed, I'll always be grateful for your collective coverage of these awful events.

I was so out of the loop when this happened -- our little one was only a week old when Sean was shot -- and I followed everything through the blog in almost real time. It was therapeutic to be connected via the blog to you and the Jasons and the RI community. Again, thanks to all of you.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | November 25, 2008 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Stu27,

I doubt you'd find one that said "in the long run" Sean Taylor hurt this team. Come to think of it, find me a poster who would say that cause I haven't seen anyone say that on here today.

Posted by: Gweez | November 25, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmmm. I'll bite. Here goes:

"Sean Taylor hurt this team in the long run."

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

We all have a right to our opinions, I may not agree with you on the minutae but overall we are all Skins fans and we want to win.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:29 PM | Report abuse

This is a game of phicicality and intensity. Intimidation plays a major role. There is reason were talking about him owning TO it was sheer intimidation. You have to earn that intimidation and those plays where your saying he hurt us are the plays where that reputation was buitl. Helping us not hurting us.
That may be hard to comprehend but its true.
Anyways Love and respect to the Taylor Family and everyone have a safe holiday.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 25, 2008 1:30 PM | Report abuse

I love intimidation as long as it doesn't bring a 15 yard penalty and potentially cost the W.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:33 PM | Report abuse

From the last thread, on the greatest moments of ST, by far the best hit of his career was the Patrick Crayton hit. It was picture perfect, in a crucial moment of an intense comeback game. I still watch that and marvel at how great the tackle was. And what made it even more special was that it wasn't a shoulder-led blow-up type hit. He completely wrapped up, picked up, and carried Crayton a good two yards backwards (after Crayton was running full-speed in the opposite direction). It was like a clinic on tackling.

Posted by: psps23 | November 25, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Wanted to post this on the earlier thread, but didn't get to it:

My favorite ST plays weren't the impressively hard direct hits (e.g. the Moorman hit in the pro bowl) or the alligator arm-inducing presence near a receiver (Pinkston et al), although I thoroughly enjoyed such plays.
My favorite plays were the ones where he came up to make a play, wasn't in perfect position or the ball carrier side-stepped him a little bit, and he had to make an arm tackle. Only an "arm tackle" for Sean was grabbing the players' shoulder pads, stopping him in his tracks, and throwing him backward. I can't imagine the total body strength it took to stop a moving target like that.

Posted by: PatM1 | November 25, 2008 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Remember when he picked up the blocked field goal against Dallas which set up our game winning field goal. That was Taylors last game against the cowboys and a memorable one at that

Posted by: FAB88 | November 25, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Are you guys really going back and forth on this? Early on did the Reaper makes some bad plays? Yes. Did he grow to become a more in control player? Yes. We all enjoyed watching him and should focus on that.

It was great watching him grow as a man and player. The joy of becoming a father. That's what I was most upset about more than anything. That joy was taken from him and his little girl.

JM220

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 25, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that LaRon Landry seems to have lost a good deal of weight and size from last year until now?

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Good call icetotalpackage, I agree totally.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Tyler2Durden, two things. Chill out guy, no one is saying that you can't express your opinion or want you to change it, that's number one.
Two, yeah I get a little pissed or feel I have to come to his defense when I hear or read negative stuff about Sean Taylor.

Last year we as fans that seen Sean or started to see Sean for what he was, and was starting to become, a GOOD man--on and off the field, had to read a lot of assuming BS about Taylor and why he was murdered. Even local columnists had negative things to say about him--WITHOUT knowing him at all.

What I'm saying is that we as followers of this team know of Taylor's transgressions that were made public. Everyone who closely knew the man said he was making huge strides in the game of football and life as well-basically put the man was on the verge of figuring out the ultimate game--life.

As I said last year, Sean IS my favorite Redskin. Not just beacause of his feats on the field, but I felt like in some ways I could relate to who he was off it.

When I was younger I used to do a lot of dumb things (and still do from time to time) that would result in me getting in trouble (school, home, law) or missing out some great opportunities. It wasn't until about two and a half years ago, I myself started to piece the puzzels of life together...

"When I was a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things."

This is the mantra I believed Sean was starting to follow.

So very sad.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone else think that LaRon Landry seems to have lost a good deal of weight and size from last year until now?
Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:37 PM

I went from a 27 inch TV last year to a 46.......He looks much bigger to me this year.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

If there was one thing Gibbs did for us it was he drafted and recruited quality guys and coached them up to the max of their potential. I think we got Cooley in that same draft didn't we?

Posted by: alex35332 | November 25, 2008 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Yup. Taylor in the 1st round, Cooley in the 3rd.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 12:49 PM

With all the negative talk about trades, drafts, and acquisitions lately, this was probably the most underrated and genius move of the entire Gibbs era. Passing up Winslow JR for ST and then taking Cooley later.

One look at the production of these 2 TE's since that year and its no contest we made out like bandits.
KW II couldn't even abide by the rules of his own contract when he wrecked his motorcycle, injuring himself for a year. The worst thing Cooley's ever done was show off his wang on his blog, which I don't think is prohibited in his contract.

Too bad the Post rarely highlights the good moves by the FO, and I know theres been plenty of bad ones. But whoever made the call in that draft be it Vinny or Joe, should be commended for it.

Posted by: Predator48 | November 25, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

And what made it even more special was that it wasn't a shoulder-led blow-up type hit. He completely wrapped up, picked up, and carried Crayton a good two yards backwards (after Crayton was running full-speed in the opposite direction). It was like a clinic on tackling.

Posted by: psps23 | November 25, 2008 1:34 PM

And it was a fumble!

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 25, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

LaRon is playing the disciplined role. Horton is still learning and taking risks to make the big plays.

They are both outstanding athletes and no doubt draw inspiration for the one that came before them.

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | November 25, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Even local columnists had negative things to say about him--WITHOUT knowing him at all.....cough,(WILBON)...cough....

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Here are Redskins draft choices since 2000.

2008
2. Devin Thomas, WR, Michigan State
2. Fred Davis, TE, Souther Cal
2. Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma
3. Chad Rinehart, OT, Northern Lowa
4. Justin Tryon, CB, Arizona State
6. Durant Brooks, P, Georgia Tech
6. Kareem Moore, DB, Nicholls State
6. Colt Brennan, QB, Hawaii
7. Rob Jackson, DE, Kansas State
7. Chris Horton, FS, UCLA

2007
1. LaRon Landry, S, LSU
5. Dallas Sartz, LB, USC
6. H.B. Blades, LB, Pittsburgh
6. Jordan Palmer, QB, UTEP
7. Tyler Ecker, TE, Michigan

2006
2. Rocky McIntosh, LB, Miami
5. Anthony Montgomery, DT, Minnesota
6. Reed Doughty, S, Northern Colorado
6. Kedric Golston, DT, Georgia
7. Kili Lefotu, OL, Arizona
7. Kevin Simon, LB, Tennessee

2005
1. Carlos Rogers, CB, Auburn
1. Jason Campbell, QB, Auburn
4. Manuel White, Jr., RB, UCLA
5. Robert McCune, LB, Louisville
6. Jared Newberry, LB, Stanford
7. Nehemiah Broughton, RB, The Citadel

2004
1. Sean Taylor, S, Miami (Fla.)
3. Chris Cooley, TE, Utah State
5. Mark Wilson, OL, California
6. Jim Molinaro, OL, Notre Dame

2003
2. Taylor Jacobs, WR, Florida
3. Derrick Dockery, G, Texas
7. Gibran Hamdan, QB, Indiana

2002
1. Patrick Ramsey, QB, Tulane
2. Ladell Betts, RB, Iowa
3. Rashad Bauman, CB, Oregon
3. Cliff Russell, WR, Utah
5. Andre Lott, S, Tennessee
5. Robert Royal, TE, LSU
6. Reggie Coleman, T, Tennessee
7. Jeff Grau, LS, UCLA
7. Greg Scott, DE, Hampton
7. Rock Cartwright, FB, Kansas St.

2001
1. Rod Gardner, WR, Clemson
2. Fred Smoot, CB, Mississippi St.
4. Sage Rosenfels, QB, Iowa St.
5. Darnerien McCants, WR, Delaware St.
6. Mario Monds, DT, Cincinnati

2000
1. LaVar Arrington, LB, Penn St.
1. Chris Samuels, T, Alabama
3. Lloyd Harrison, CB, N.C. State
4. Michael Moore, G, Troy St.
5. Quincy Sanders, S, UNLV
6. Todd Husak, QB, Stanford
7. Del Cowsette, DT, Maryland
7. Ethan Howell, WR, Oklahoma St.

Posted by: TheJury | November 25, 2008 1:46 PM | Report abuse

not sure what your point was there jury?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

LaRon is playing the disciplined role. Horton is still learning and taking risks to make the big plays.
They are both outstanding athletes and no doubt draw inspiration for the one that came before them.
Posted by: _Stumped_1 | November 25, 2008 1:46 PM

Horton got beat badly on that touchdown pass to their tight end this past weekend.......good thing we won. Had we lost the game, we might be a little more.........critical.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 25, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I think Laron is a gifted athlete but he does not show that true sense of being a ball hawk. he will jump some routes but to be honest he does what the coaches ask him to do.

To be honest we need to start comparing Laron to Laron because trying to compare him to Sean will always do him a diservice because he is not as physically gifted as Sean was.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

this shouldn't be a time to bring up #21's flaws, it should be a time of remembrance and rejoicing that we were lucky enough to have him on our team even for a short period. What is most important to me is that he is a Redskins forever and could have been one of the best to ever play the position.
Who really knows what could have been, what we do know is what we had and what will forever live in our memories. He was OURS and will forever be. I really miss the player and unfortunetly didn't learn about the man he became until after his murder.
Sunday will be a tear jerker for sure, I will be there in my #21 jersey looking up to see him looking down on the Burgundy n Gold in what I think will be a huge win for us.
RIP #21, you will always be missed.

Posted by: P00P | November 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I hope that on Sunday, The Reaper will be the stone in David's sling and we get to watch the Giants fall

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | November 25, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

RedDMV. I bleed burgundy and gold and wasn't being negative about the man just some questionable transgressions. I wish, like all Skins fans that he was still here , especially to be a father to his daughter.

Posted by: Tyler2Durden | November 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

not sure what your point was there jury?

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 25, 2008 1:48 PM

No point. Someone was asking when some players were drafted.

Posted by: TheJury | November 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 25, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of bleeding Burg/Gold, love that commercial where the guy cuts himself and is bleeding Packers colors......pure marketing genius.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 25, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

To be honest we need to start comparing Laron to Laron because trying to compare him to Sean will always do him a diservice because he is not as physically gifted as Sean was.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 25, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

It must feel strange for LaRon to suddenly be the leader among the safeties, now that he's without Sean.

Posted by: PBL4 | November 25, 2008 2:05 PM | Report abuse

I will be wearing Sean's #21 Pro-Bowl Jersey tomorrow at work. Thursday will be somewhat a sad day to celebrate Thanksgiving. But give thanks to the good Lord for the time Sean lived and shared his life with us.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | November 25, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

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